Permanent Disability Work Injury

What to Do After a Permanent Disability Work Injury (UK)

Permanently injured at work in UK? Get help! Steps to take & rights you have.

Permanent disability work injuries can turn your world upside down. The physical limitations they impose can make returning to your previous job, or any job at all, a daunting prospect. Financial worries and uncertainty about the future can add significant stress to an already difficult situation.

This article provides a clear and comprehensive guide to permanent disability work injuries in the UK, focusing on your rights, potential benefits, and the support available to navigate this challenging time. We will also highlight how you can start an injury at work claim.

Understanding Permanent Disability Work Injuries

A permanent disability work injury is any physical or mental impairment resulting from an accident or illness at work that significantly reduces your earning capacity, either in your current role or across similar jobs. The severity of the disability can range from minor limitations to complete inability to work.

The key factor is the long-term impact on your ability to earn a living. Some common examples of permanent disability work injuries include:

  • Back injuries, such as herniated discs or spinal cord damage
  • Musculoskeletal disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome or chronic pain
  • Amputations
  • Head injuries and brain trauma
  • Work-related illnesses like occupational asthma or asbestos exposure

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What You Should Do After a Permanent Disability Work Injury

The immediate aftermath of a permanent disability work injury can be overwhelming. However, taking the following steps can help secure your rights and future well-being:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Prioritize your health. Getting a full medical evaluation documents the injury, establishes a treatment plan, and provides vital evidence for potential claims.
  2. Report the Accident: Inform your employer about the accident as soon as possible, following their reporting procedures. This creates a record of the incident and demonstrates your intent to pursue compensation.
  3. Claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB): The UK government offers IIDB as a tax-free benefit for those with disabilities caused by work accidents or illnesses.
  4. Consider Legal Action: If your injury resulted from your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. Consulting a solicitor specializing in work injuries can help you understand your options.

Financial Support After a Permanent Disability Work Injury

Several financial support options can help manage the impact of a permanent disability work injury:

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB):

Provides weekly tax-free payments based on the severity of your disability and your earning capacity before the injury.

Personal Injury Compensation:

If your employer is found liable for your injury, you may receive a lump sum compensation to cover lost earnings, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and future care needs.

State Benefits:

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for additional benefits such as Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, or Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Workplace Pensions:

Your employer’s occupational pension scheme may offer disability benefits. Review your pension plan details to understand your options.

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Returning to Work After a Permanent Disability Work Injury

Returning to work after a permanent disability work injury can be a positive step towards regaining a sense of normalcy and financial security. Here are some resources available to help:

  • Occupational Health: Your employer’s occupational health service can assess your limitations and recommend workplace adaptations to facilitate your return to work.
  • Government Support: The government offers support programs like Access to Work to help with workplace adjustments and equipment needed for your disability.
  • Retraining: Consider retraining for a new role that better suits your current abilities. The government offers training programs and financial assistance to help with this transition.

Making a Permanent Disability Work Injury Claim with National Claims

A permanent disability sustained at work can drastically alter your life. National Claims understands the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you face. Our team will connect you with a solicitor from our panel of personal injury solicitors who specializes in helping victims of work injuries secure the compensation they deserve.

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Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We’ll listen attentively to your experience and review the details of your injury. This allows us to assess the strength of your claim and guide you through the legal process.

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We understand that financial concerns can add stress to an already challenging situation. That’s why we operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. There are no upfront costs associated with making a claim with National Claims. Our fees are only payable if your claim is successful, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to pursue your rightful compensation without financial worry.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.


While the path to recovery after a permanent disability work injury can be long and complex, there is hope. By understanding your rights, accessing available benefits, and seeking professional guidance, you can secure the financial support you need and explore options for returning to work, if that aligns with your goals. Remember, prioritizing your health and well-being is paramount. National Claims stands ready to be your partner in this journey, advocating for your rights and helping you achieve a sense of stability and security in the face of adversity.

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